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The Blurb:

From New York Timesbestselling author Jill Gregory—a heartwarming, romantic novel of a rodeo champion who returns to his hometown and unexpectedly falls in love—with a beautiful young woman and her tiny daughter.

When rodeo champ Jake Tanner returns to Lonesome Way, Carly McKinnon may be the only one not happy about it. The last thing she wants is Jake finding out about her daughter—or rather, their daughter. Since their one-night fling years ago, Carly has been a great parent on her own. And the footloose Jake isn’t the sort of father she wants for little Emma.

But once Jake learns the truth, he wants to be a part of Emma’s life even if he’s not going to be a part of Carly’s. Even though the pair agrees to try to be friends, they soon find that being “just friends” isn’t so easy. The red-hot attraction between them sets off sparks they thought they had left behind. Despite their rocky past and uncertain future, can Carly and Jake find their way into each other’s arms—and hearts?

Blackbird Lake (Lonesome Way #3)Blackbird Lake by Jill Gregory

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, wow! I loved this novel! This was the third in this series and my favorite so far. Jake is the youngest Tanner brother and my favorite brother as well. He was sweet, alpha and sexy. Jake’s demons of the past keep him on the road at rodeo visiting his family just a few times a year, only on special occasions. Whether he wants it or not, Jake won’t allow himself the HEA of wife and kids because if someone depends on him, he believes he will let them down. Things slowly change for Jake when he returns home for his niece’s birthday only to find out he is a father. I liked Carly even though she kept her daughter a secret. She was afraid and I understood her reasoning. Jake and Carly didn’t become a couple right away. I liked there their story as their relationship grew over time. Blackbird Lake was a page turner for me. There was an element of suspense that started almost at the beginning and damned if I could figure it out. Believe me I guessed, and nearly skipped ahead because the suspense was making me so curious but I didn’t. It was almost the end before I guessed and even then I wasn’t sure. This book had all the “feels” I look for and I really enjoyed it. Jake is definitely a book boyfriend! There are a couple of secondary stories going on that I loved as well. I did not feel that because of those other stories, Jake and Carly’s were lessened. There is one more novel in this series to go and I can’t wait to read it! 5 Stars!!!

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